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Our Genealogical Helper for Sylvester ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Sylvester (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Sylvester. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Sylvester ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sylvester.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sylvester, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sylvester.

Cemeteries Near Sylvester ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sylvester.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Sylvester covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mordue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Little White Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Pineview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oxley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Middle Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Asbury Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sight Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pettry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Bailey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Coon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Estep - Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Jarrells Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Pettry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE William Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bloomingrose Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Mechanics & Miners Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Indian Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Van Buren Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Jarrells Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Jasper Workman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fauber Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Porter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sycamore Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Foster Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evans Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Drawdy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Burnside - Byrnside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Lawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


       

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Sylvester in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sylvester.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Sylvester, with the one closest to Sylvester listed first.

Jarrolds Valley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sylvester
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Jarrolds Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Acme   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sylvester
 - Acme had a post office and no railroad service
 
Nelson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sylvester
 - Nelson had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bandytown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sylvester
 - Bandytown had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Sylvester
 - Gordon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Decota   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Sylvester
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Decota had a post office and no railroad service
 
Van   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sylvester
 - Van had a post office and no railroad service
 
Comfort   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sylvester
 - Comfort had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Sylvester. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sylvester in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Sylvester is located in Boone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Boone County: Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Raleigh & Wyoming.

Below are the counties that are near Sylvester. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Sylvester:

  DirectionDistance
Boone     (The home county for Sylvester)
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Keith   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Janie   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Prenter   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
 
Cabell
      Culloden   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Clay
      Hartland   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Fayette
      McDunn   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Kanawha
      Acme   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belle   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Lincoln
      Alum Creek   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sod   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Harts   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Logan
      Mineral City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Banco   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Man   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
McDowell
      Davy   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Welch   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mingo
      Gilbert   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pie   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Musick   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Nicholas
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Putnam
      Poca   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Raleigh
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lester   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Summers
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wayne
      Cove Gap   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wyoming
      Oceana   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uno   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bud   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Sylvester, see our County-by-County Page for Sylvester.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Sylvester:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of West Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Boone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Boone County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Boone County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from West Virginia
 
Also see Diaster Stories for ...
      Kentucky
      Virginia

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Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Boone County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sylvester. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Sylvester. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sylvester) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sylvester. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sylvester

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sylvester. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0103, Longitude: -81.5581     [Map].

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Sylvester, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sylvester.



 
 
 

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